The XY Review by Virginia Bergin


From the author of H2O and The Storm―She’s been taught to fear him. He’s been taught to fear her. What if they’re both wrong?

In River’s world, XYs are a relic of the past, along with things like war and violence. Thanks to the Global Agreements, River’s life is simple, safe, and peaceful…until she comes across a body in the road one day. A body that is definitely male, definitely still alive. River isn’t prepared for this. There’s nothing in the Agreements about how to deal with an XY. Yet one lies before her, sick, suffering, and at her mercy.

River can kill him, or she can save him. Either way, nothing will ever be the same.

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This book sparked my interest at post-apocalyptic world ruled by girls!

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Due to a virus that has killed of most of the men of the world it is now run by women. Those men that did survive must live a life of serving the women and repopulating the world by providing sperm. Our MC River has never known of boys or men and has never seen one until she comes upon a very sick boy.

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River doesn’t expect him to survive because the virus is brutal but of course he does! And thus comes the mystery of why did he survive this virus? River’s mom and grandma want to keep it a secret and not tell their village, given this changes everything. But is it a good thing since the world is better off peaceful?

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A female driven world may be peaceful but it has its flaws. Poor healthcare and education exist. Women are dying. Which to me seemed a little disappointing, like women can’t be doctors or educators? They can’t provide for the world without men?

This story did grab my attention right away. I just couldn’t connect with River. She whined a little much but she did grow by the end of the story. The pace was a bit slow until toward the end of the book but it was interesting.

Should you read it? Yes, unique perspective in a post-apocalyptic world.

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Virginia Bergin is the author of H2O, which The Horn Book Magazine called “Inspiring.” She lives in Bristol (UK). Visit her online at and on Twitter @VeeBergin.






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